Gordon’s Chase hopes hit a wall in Texas

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, speaks to the media in the garage following an incident on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, speaks to the media in the garage following an incident on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, speaks to the media in the garage following an incident on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

A week removed from his first win of the season, Jeff Gordon looked to be on top of the world.  He was fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings only 27 markers out of first.  After making the Chase thanks to a late addition by NASCAR, it looked as though Gordon could be in position to win his fifth title.

What a difference a week makes.

Sunday it all came undone during the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. After starting eighth, Gordon was quickly at the front of the field and it looked as though Gordon would be a contender for a win, or at least a solid finish. MORE>>>

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